Because there are some limitations to how PowerTeacher Pro (PTP) allows us to view our assessment data, we have worked to create some different workflows to help you enter levels of achievement for each reporting strand come report card time.
** All of the following is assuming that you have entered your assessment data in PowerTeacher Pro **
Just Use PowerTeacher Pro
If you plan on just using PTP, there are some helpful hints that might make it easier:
- When looking at the “Standards Grade” view, what is displayed in each column depends on if you are in Middle School or High School In Middle School, the default is to not show anything and teachers can make a summary judgment of how each student has done at each standard. In High School, the default is to show the most recent level of achievement and this can be overridden by the teacher at any time.
- You can use the Inspector to see what data contributes to each standard level of achievement if you think it should be overridden.
- If you have levels of achievement for different standards, you can use the filter in order to see all of the standards make up a given strand so that you can make a strand determination for the report card.
- You can also use the filters to show only the strands (or the SALs) so that you can see what is going on the report for each student.
SBGR Report Entry: Student – by – Student View
We have developed a new Student-by-Student view that pulls together all of the assessment by strand an orders it chronologically to help you determine what level of achievement should appear on the report. You can also write your comment for the student here as you look over all of the student assessment data. Some pointers for this view:
- You can access this view by selecting it from menu on the left.
- Assessments are ordered chronologically from left (oldest) to right (newest).
- Formative assessments show as blue italics.
- If you hover over the level of achievement, it will indicate which standard was assessed.
- You can go student-by-student using the sideways arrows, or use the dropdown to choose a specific student.
- You can use the tabs at the top to see what feedback was given to the student in previous reporting terms.
- To return to your list of classes, select the view from the menu on the left again.
Class View – Standards Data Report
In order to see all of your class’ assessment data in one view, ordered chronologically and separated by strand, you can generate a static report that we refer to as the heatmap. You can then use this report to make determinations for each student and then go back to PTP or the student-by-student view to input the data and to write your comments. You can access the heatmap reports through the Apps tab in PTP:
Once you configure the report for downloading, you will see your class roster with the assessment data for each strand listed chronologically. You can use this view to help you make determinations for each strand and then use PowerTeacher Pro to enter the data for report cards.
What’s Best for You?
As mentioned previously, all of these tools rely on teachers collecting and recording assessment data in PTP. Unfortunately, none of these individual tools will be perfect for everybody on their own so you may come up with a way to combine the functionality of each one to suit your needs. For example:
- Continue to use PowerTeacher Pro to enter your grades and comments. Nothing changes from how you’ve done things in the past.
- Use the Standard Data Report to help you determine your Strand levels of achievement. Enter your grades and comments using PowerTeacher Pro.
- Use the SBGR Report Entry tool to view your assessment data and enter your Strand levels of achievement and to write your comment.
- Use the SBGR Report Entry tool to view your assessment data and enter your Strand levels of achievement. Return back to PowerTeacher Pro to write your comments (so you can use the comment bank).